Thursday, July 10, 2014

Birchbox's Summer Smoky Eye Ft. Cynthia Rowley

Hello There!

I saw a few people on a How To by Birchbox for a Summer Smoky Eye wanting some pictures go to along with the post.

I decided to wear this look today to work and it came out super pretty so I figured I would share with you what I used and the steps to get the look with pictures!

Step One: Prep for Color
Before you even think about makeup, you need a base that will keep it set.  We recommend a mattifying primer like Benefit's Stay Don't Stray.  In addition to boosting your shadow's staying power, it infuses your skin with hydrating ingredients like vitamins C and E.

Step Two: Star Light
Always layer the softest hues on first.  Using a fluffy shadow brush, dust Confetti (a pale pink speckled with purple and cream) from the lash line to just below your brow bone.

I used a Real Techniques brush (from this set) for putting this shadow on.

Step Three: Build Your Look
Summer is the perfect time to give your deep khaki and black hues a break.  Instead use Cotton Candy, a creamy lavender, as the shadow standout for you look.  Blend the dreamy purple from your lashline to your crease using the same brush.

I used the same Real Techniques brush (from this set)  to add Cotton Candy.

 Step Four: Blend A Darker Hue Into Your Crease

Using a dome-shaped brush with a flexible tip, work Licorice, a shimmery charcoal, into your crease using light fluid back-and-forth motions.  A little goes a long way!

I used the domed end of the brush that came with my Naked 3 palette for Licorice.

Step Five: Define. Define. Define
Next, take a black eyeliner pencil and line your top lash line.  With a short smudger brush, go back and blend the eyeliner from inside corner to the outside of your eye to create a soft, smoky effect with a seamless fade.  Remember: Don't go too bananas with your liner---the goal here is for your make up to appear fresh and summery.

I tight lined with the Cynthia Rowley Eyeliner pencil so I did not get too much on my lid then I used the other end of the brush that came with my Naked 3 palette.

Step Five: Set It And Forget It
Finish by using a powder brush to lightly dust translucent finishing powder under your eyes.  This will help conceal any shadow fallout.

I used a Real Techniques brush (from this set) and Mineral Veil from Bare Minerals.  I did not find that the shadows had any fallout throughout the day though.

Step Six: Lengthen Your Lashes
Since humidity and sweat tend to cause eye makeup to crease and smear, waterproof mascara is your summertime BFF.  Brush three coats of volumizing mascara on both the top and bottom lashes.

I used my Rose Gold Tweezerman Curler and Benefit's They're Real mascara.

Step Seven: Stay Focused

This look is all about the eyes, so you'll want to keep the rest of your makeup simple--foundation, a little bronzer, and a quick swipe of nude lip gloss are all you'll need.

I just put on some moisturizer with SPF and the Cynthia Rowley Lip Stain in Sugar.


I hope this helped if you were someone who wanted to see some pictures to go along with the walk through that Birchbox posted!

disclaimer: I am not sponsored by any of the company's whose products I am reviewing/mentioning here.  All thoughts/comments/whathaveyou are 100% my own